Entertainment - Movie Reviews

’47 Meters’ is intense, action-packed

By Kaitlyn Parham
Times-News correspondent


Mandy Moore, left, and Claire Holt pose for a portrait at the "47 Meters Down" junket at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. [Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/The Associated Press

“47 Meters Down” is a thrilling depiction of the horrors that accompany a recreational activity in paradise gone wrong. This realistic fiction film is guaranteed to leave all viewers on the edge of their seats with a racing heart rate.
Sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) relax on an exotic vacation on the coast of Mexico. Just days after being dumped by her boyfriend who claimed that she was too boring and lackluster, Lisa sought adventure that would prove herself to her ex as bold and dauntless. Although the movie’s beginning is considerably predictable and rather shallow, the plot intensifies as the two siblings embark on a deep-sea encounter with some of the most dangerous oceanic dwellers — great white sharks.
Suspense is established as the girls travel farther and farther from the shore on a rusty boat that seems highly unprofessional. But when everything goes awry, the once-fascinating encounter turns out to be an inescapable nightmare for the sisters, scared for their lives. They soon find themselves helpless and alone, 47 meters below the ocean’s surface, read more…

‘Wonder Woman’ is a wonder to behold

By Chandler Holland
Times-News correspondent


Gal Gadot stars in a scene from "Wonder Woman." [Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via The Associated Press


In her first title role, Gal Gadot reprises Wonder Woman, as first seen in  the 2016 action blockbuster “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” She  will play this beloved heroine once again in the upcoming Justice League  movie to be released this November. The statuesque 32-year-old, martial  arts-trained Gadot looks as though she were born to play this role, and her  Israeli accent adds the perfect touch of mystery to this beautiful daughter of  Zeus.
The movie begins on the island of Themyscira, filling in princess Diana’s  childhood backstory. The opening scenes are chock-full of mythological  Amazon warriors engaged in intense, athletic, hand-to-hand combat  training with sword and shield, and bow and arrow. The timeline moves  forward to Diana’s early adult years, set at the end of World War I. When read more…

Latest ‘Pirates’ is quirky, action-packed

By Lily Pope
Times-News correspondent

    “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, aligns well with the previous movies. It is action-packed and filled with Captain Jack Sparrow’s (Johnny Depp) quirkiness.
With a strong female presence throughout, Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) played a “woman of science” with her studies of astronomy and horology which made her role a beauty with substance. Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) stood out among some unconvincing roles because of their accomplished acting careers and credible performances.
A surprise appearance by Paul McCartney was unexpected and fun, but his performance fell rather flat.
The movie is definitely entertaining and full of action with many gory pirate fight scenes. Many exchanges are violent and possibly too intense for younger viewers, especially with Captain Salazar’s (Javier Bardem) death scenes. The dark portrayal of many characters and battles make for harsh moments throughout the film.
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